This year I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition for our Easter dinner. I was flipping through ideas on Pinterest and these little hollow rolls stood out to me. I love the symbolism not only in the finished product, but in the way they are made as well.
Most of the recipes I found for the resurrection rolls used prepackaged tube crescent rolls. Unfortunately I didn’t have any, and didn’t have time to run to the store, so I decided I’d make my own. I’m so glad I did! The crescent rolls were super easy and would be amazing on their own. Thanks to Annalise from Completely Delicious for this amazing recipe: Fairy Rolls
After the dough has risen, separate it and roll each half into a circle. Then use a pizza cutter to separte the dough into 12 triangles.
Now its time for the fun part. Thanks to Jen from Yummy, Healthy, Easy for these directions with all the wonderful symbolism and scriptures included.
- First, gather the kids together (or your significant other, grandparents, aunts, uncle, whoever). Get your ingredients out and preheat the oven. Read John 19 in the New Testament while the oven is pre-heating.
- Unroll the crescent rolls, separating each section. Explain that this is like the cloth they wrapped Jesus in.
- Give your child a marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus. It’s white and pure because He was without sin.
- Roll the marshmallow in a small bowl of water. This symbolizes the embalming oils.
- Now, roll the marshmallow in the cinnamon & sugar mixture. This is like the spices used to prepare his body for burial.
- Next up, wrap the marshmallow in the crescent roll dough, making sure to pinch the dough together securely on the sides. Don’t worry about what they look like because they’ll taste great no matter what! This represents how they wrapped Jesus’ body.
- Repeat with each marshmallow and place the rolls in the oven (symbolizing the tomb) and bake for the amount of time specified on the package – 8 to 10 minutes. (Note: If you are making them with the recipe I used you will want to cook them closer to 13 minutes.)
- While the rolls are baking, read John 20:1-18.
- When the cook time is up, open the tomb and remove the rolls. When they’re cool enough to handle, let your child(ren) open one and discover what happened to the marshmallow. It’s disappeared! This signifies how Jesus has been resurrected.
One of the important things to remember is to use either parchment paper or a silpat mat while baking these. You will thank me when you don’t have to scrub the crazy sticky cooked on marshmallow off your baking sheets. And as an added bonus you can sneak little bits of tasty cooked marshmallow. It peels right off.
These turned out so good! And honestly it wasn’t that much harder making the crescent rolls from scratch. There isn’t even any kneading required. These will be finding a place on our Easter table for years to come.